What is Thyme?

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Thyme - a valuable medicinal plant

Did you know that for hundreds of years Thyme has been used as medicinal plant? In ancient Greece, doctors such as Hippocrates employed thyme. And even today, thyme is an important medicinal plant used for symptomatic treatment of cough and bronchitis.

 

The secret of thyme

The main ingredients of thyme are essential oils, tanning agents, and flavonoids.

Thyme extracts facilitate the clearing of the airways from mucus. Taken orally, the essential oils penetrate deep into the bronchi, where they exert their positive action right where the disease is located.

In infections of the mouth and throat, thyme is used as a gargle or spray. When administered locally to the oral or pharyngeal mucosa, this medicinal plant has a disinfectant effect.

Thyme against coughing

In cough, thyme extracts...

  • loosen the viscous sticky mucus which clogs to the airways
  • facilitate the coughing up of mucus
  • have a disinfectant effect, and
  • can help to relax the bronchi (bronchospasmolytic effect)

 

 

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